"Excuse me, how much does a croissant cost"?
I have breakfast at the station bar, waiting for the 6:00 train, when I hear a guy ask the bartender: 
"Excuse me, how much does a croissant cost"?
You hardly hear the price of the croissant or coffee at the bar. So I look at the boy and notice that it is as if he were doing the math. After a while he asks for a croissant. But nothing else.
He leaves the bar, I follow him, I notice that after a few meters he stops leaning against the station wall.
My train hadn't arrived yet, his regional was almost ready for departure.
I approach talking trivially about the weather, the wind ... and then ask him: 
"how was the croissant?" And he: “it wasn't bad. Why are you asking me? "
I use the utmost caution:
 “out of curiosity, I didn't like it that much. However, I haven't had coffee yet. Would you like to take it together? "
He looks at me curiously:
 “sure, thank you, he's very kind. But I only have 10 minutes. Then I absolutely have to take the train, today is my first day of work ”.
We go back into the bar and I say to him: 
"Look, don't you want a cappuccino"? 
Accept. We consume and immediately go back to the tracks. The boy stops, sad look, low voice: 
“I know he understood. And I thank you because you didn't make me weigh it. Today I start working, and it is not the job I expected. But I can no longer weigh on my family. Because my parents can't take it anymore. I always have a few coins in my pocket, but now at the end of the month I will finally be able to take something home too ''. Thanks again for the cappuccino and above all for the grace. These are not things to be taken for granted ”.
 He runs to catch his train. Mine arrives almost immediately.
I leave with a sense of sadness, imagining how many people every day cannot afford even a cappuccino at the bar. But when this happens to a boy, sadness turns to anguish. It's not right.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. valy71
    Nov 12, 2022 @ 18:52:49

    Holy words. Parole sante, se non ricordo male, anche io faccio spesso di questi pensieri e mi addolora vedere quanta povertà ci sia intorno a noi, soprattutto di sentimenti.
    Domenica scorsa, ho fatto colazione al bar con mio marito e mi sono accorta che una signora desiderava tanto un caffè, ma non aveva i soldi. Poi ha pagato perché la cassiera si è accorta subito che lo aveva chiesto.
    Avrei tanto desiderato offrirglielo io, ma non sono riuscita a raggiungerla, questa cosa mi ha rattristato molto. Era una signora un po’ attempata più che anziana.
    Un caro saluto 👋
    Piacere di conoscerti Fairy
    Buona serata
    Valeria 🌷🌸🌺💓


  2. marylou
    Nov 12, 2022 @ 23:49:47

    I like cappuccino a lot


  3. funambolicamente
    Nov 13, 2022 @ 09:34:47

    Hai fatto un gesto bellissimo, bravissima. È lacerante prendere consapevolezza di quante ingiustizie il denaro genera in questo mondo.


  4. joyroses13
    Nov 18, 2022 @ 17:45:04

    You captured such emotion in this. So good! And I love cappuccinos.


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